Want to Get Fit with Your Valentine? Barry’s Bootcamp Trainer Derek DeGrazio Shares His Favorite Partner Exercises

02/11/2016 at 11:48 AM ET

Derek DeGrazio
Courtesy Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach

The couple that trains together stays together!

If you and your significant other want to hit the gym together – just in time for Valentine’s Day – do these two-person workout moves created by celebrity trainer and owner of Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach and Midtown Miami, Derek DeGrazio.

“Try these four exercises followed by an interval run with your Valentine, and you’ll be sure to heat things up, while slimming down,” DeGrazio – who has trained Adriana Lima, Nina Agdal and Ellie Goulding – tells PEOPLE.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: “Both people hold a squat position, about 10 feet apart. With one person holding a medicine ball, slowly walk toward each other (he loves me), hand the ball to your partner, then slowly walk back (he loves me not). Repeat for 60 seconds.”

Love Lockdown: “Lying on your backs, interlock your legs to ground each other, with one person holding a medicine ball. Each person performs a full sit-up, and at the top, hand the ball off. Repeat for 60 seconds.”

Back to You: “One person lies on their back, while their partner is standing straddling their head. The person lying down grabs their partner’s ankles, and raises their legs to the ceiling. Once at the top, their partner pushes them back down. Don’t let your legs touch the ground! Repeat for 60 seconds.”

Love Taps: “Both people hold a high plank position facing each other. Alternate tapping each other’s hands, while maintaining a high plank. Repeat for 60 seconds.”

Repeat the series of exercises three times.

Running Through My Mind: “At the end of the above workout, do this 10-min sprint/jog interval. One person will always be in a 60-second jog, while the other is in a 60-second sprint on a 7.5 percent incline. Alternate until each person performs five 60-second sprints.”

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Nice videos! And great ideas for workouts!

For now, my girlfriend and I love to workout together and do some Tabata / HIIT exercises. We like to do it with songs to motivate us. We specifically like the “Tabata songs” or songs like “Roxanne” by The Police or “Flower” by Moby!

Just one question : do you know the name of the exercise where the girl is supposed to turn around the guy without touching the ground? We like to call it “the Monkey” but we don’t really know the real name… If you want to see this exercise on pictures, you can check it out on this free eBook : http://www.fitcoupleworkout.com on page 18.

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